Richard Marx: Stories To Tell (2021)

Social media is a funny thing I tell ya. Twitter I like as the tweets are short (just like my memory) and some people can be brutal especially towards celebrities and well anyone in the spotlight.

About a year ago I was cruising  the Twitter feed when Can-Rock guy “Danko Jones” retweeted a tweet by Richard Marx where a smart ass made an off handed remark about Marx’s music and Marx well see for yourself Richards response.

Marx has always been on my radar as I thought his song “Don’t Mean Nothing” was a great track that the Eagles had wish they had written! (more on that later).

So about a month ago here comes another rock memoir now written by the man himself.  I thought of that tweet from Richard a year earlier and how Danko himself  said that ‘Marx is a savage on Twitter” and I thought perhaps, maybe I will think about picking this book up at some point.

Than I read an on-line excerpt from the book about when Marx and his band played Taiwan back in 1990. Some of Richards band and entourage were taken at gun point by the Chinese Mafia over a cancelled outdoor show (stage was flooded by rain )and to not give away the whole story the band made it out alive but not before one of the engines on the airplane caught fire  out of Taiwan and they had to make an emergency landing in Hawaii!

Holy Hell…I need to read this book ASAP as Axl Rose would have killed for this kind of press back in ’90.

Since I had a couple of weeks off from work what better time to read a bio about a rocker that I have heard by name have not really listened to him musically.

“Stories To Tell” I have to say is one the better rock bios out there to read. Like the fantastic Steve Gorman”Hard To Handle” book from last year, Richard talks bit about growing up but its not chapter after chapter on his personal life growing up.

What I would consider a brilliant move Richard talks a lot about music and you would be amazed at the artists that he has worked with.

Starting back in college when a friend knew a friend who gave a friend Marx’s four song cassette demo tape to Lionel Richie who in turn gave Richard his first shot at studio experience  on singing backing vocals on Lionels solo albums and the big single “All Night Long”.

Form there it was off through Richie’s connection and a writing session with Kenny Rogers who wanted to hear a ballad from Richard who played him “Crazy” which Kenny loved.

Kenny added two words to “Crazy” .When all was said and done,  Rogers got a 50-50 cowriting credit for contributing two words!

Welcome To The Music Biz!

Some other real cool stories about 3 guys from The Eagles showing up to provide backing vocals and Joe Walsh adding his sound on  guitar to the track.

Marx has also issued a Greatest Hits album release titled “Stories To Tell: Greatest Hits And More” as I was reading the book I would cue up Amazon Music and listen to the song as Marx talks a lot about recording songs and the stories behind them in the book.  A real cool tie in with book and the music.

R.E.O Speedwagon was a band that Marx got along with while he opened up for the Speedwagoner’s back in ’87 while he also writes about opening for Nightranger around the same time a band that didn’t go out of there way to make him or his band feel welcome!

Some great stories about how much his family means to him and kudos to the fact that considering he got divorced after 25 years of marriage he’s still friends with his first wife.

I could go on…

This book has a great flow as Richard keeps the stories coming and there are many and if you are looking for dirt there  isn’t as Marx has a great knack at keeping you the reader engaged.

A Must Read!

 

 

37 thoughts on “Richard Marx: Stories To Tell (2021)”

  1. Dang, you read fast. I am only just getting started. My review will be much longer down the road. But it does sound great. I love it as he only spent like a chapter or so on his early life because as he said, he had a great childhood and supportive family so nothing real exciting so might as well get right in to the music. I wish more books went that route. Great review Sir Deke.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Pal.
      Once I dug in I couldn’t put it down. 100 percent correct. Richard had a great childhood and lets get to the good stuff as that’s what people want! Total respect for the man! I see on Instagram he liked your post on the CD and book combo. Awesome stuff…
      Once u dig in you will enjoy it.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. It truly is. I could have written about 10 more stories as Marx has had some personal loss as well but I don’t want to give everything away.
      Check this one out Andrew!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I know one question he gets tired of…”are you related to any of the Marx Brothers?” I’ve seen him have fun with that one. He seems like a cool guy. I’m glad REO was kind…I don’t know why bands are pissy to other bands…you never know when you will be opening for the other.

    I have a book I’m about to post…about Don Felder who talks about the Happy Boy in the Eagles.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Did he say anything about the Marx Brothers? About that question? The interviews I’ve seen him seems like he is black and white…

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t as he as he says had a great childhood and it was only a chapter or two in which he talked about growing up in Chicago. I could be wrong though as I’m going on memory lol

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Oh… I don’t like the song but check out his new video… it’s him and Beck… it’s a young Paul in 2021… it’s freaky

        Liked by 1 person

  3. I wouldn’t have pegged you as being wanting to read a book by him, so cool surprise. Actually, to me he kind of blended into that 80s/early 90s musical landscape, never actively disliked his stuff but wasn’t a fan either. But bios like his are often interesting and with your recommendation, I might keep my eyes open…. won’t be buying it new on amazon or B&N but if I see it in the library or in a used store, might give it a look

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You know Dave you can’t judge a book by its cover LOL and this is one of them. It was by his Tweets and that excerpt of his book I read online made me take the plunge. I’m glad I did.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.